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THIRD- year IMU Bach­e­lor of Phar­macy stu­dent Tan Wee Kiat was se­lected to join a Stu­dent Ex­change Pro­gramme by the In­ter­na­tional Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal Stu­dents’ Fed­er­a­tion ( IPSF) at Croa­tia.

He shares his ex­pe­ri­ence at his re­cent at­tach­ment:

“I was at­tached to a com­mu­nity phar­macy lo­cated in a neigh­bour­hood, which is ac­ces­si­ble by tram and a short walk­ing dis­tance.

“Due to the huge dif­fer­ence in phar­macy prac­tice be­tween Croa­tia and Malaysia, the prac­tice, the pa­tient lit­er­a­ture level and the sys­tem amazed me a lot.

“Ob­serv­ing the dis­pens­ing sep­a­rated prac­tice in Croa­tia al­lows me to truly un­der­stand the im­por­tance of dis­pens­ing sep­a­ra­tion in a health­care sys­tem.

“As the phar­macy is lo­cated in the neigh­bour­hood, the ma­jor­ity of pa­tients re­fill their pre­scrip­tion con­stantly in the same phar­macy.

“As a re­sult, the phar­macy is able to trace the records of pa­tients’ past med­i­cal and med­i­ca­tion his­tory and it al­lows the phar­ma­cist to screen for clin­i­cal er­rors in the pre­scrip­tion such as drug in­ter­ac­tions.

“Be­sides pa­tient safety, a dis­pens­ing sep­a­rated sys­tem sub­jects doc­tor and phar­ma­cist to prac­tise eth­i­cal mon­i­tor­ing.

“In Croa­tia, the com­mu­nity phar­macy is sub­jected to strict le­gal con­trol. While the com­mu­nity phar­macy bench­mark­ing guide­line re­mains as a guide­line in Malaysia, the re­quire­ments on com­mu­nity phar­macy de­sign are en­forced by law in Croa­tia.

“The au­thor­i­ties can shut down the phar­macy if any re­quire­ment is not met.

“Over­all, I must say it is a pre­cious ex­pe­ri­ence for an un­der­grad­u­ate like me to travel abroad and learn the phar­macy pro­fes­sion in Europe.

“The phar­ma­cist taught me the Croa­t­ian health­care sys­tem, sharp­ened my ex­tem­po­ra­ne­ous prepa­ra­tion skill and showed me in­ter­est­ing cases.

“Apart from pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment, I was in­tro­duced to phar­macy stu­dents from around the world.

“We ex­changed opin­ions in phar­macy de­vel­op­ment, our cul­ture, as well as our Face­book, in or­der to main­tain the in­ter­na­tional net­work.

“As the at­tach­ment lasted for three weeks, I had the chance to en­joy the life­style of a Croa­t­ian.

“I learnt some sim­ple Croa­t­ian words, en­joyed their food, took their pub­lic trans­port and had out­ings dur­ing week­ends.

“I am grate­ful and thank­ful to ev­ery­one who made this hap­pen.”

This is an op­por­tu­nity that stu­dents at IMU are ex­posed to.

Its Bach­e­lor of Phar­macy ( Hons) stu­dents also have the op­tion to trans­fer cred­its in their first two years’ cur­ricu­lum to the phar­macy pro­gramme in the Uni­ver­sity of Otago, New Zealand, or Uni­ver­sity of Tas­ma­nia, Aus­tralia.

These in­ter­na­tional part­ner­ships are a clear tes­ta­ment of the align­ment of IMU’s in­no­va­tive ed­u­ca­tion to global stan­dards.

Stu­dents could also com­plete the en­tire four- year phar­macy de­gree in IMU.

The next com­mence­ment for the Bach­e­lor of Phar­macy ( Hons) pro­gramme is this month ( Septem­ber).

If you are in­spired on a di­verse ca­reer that is in­volved with the safe and ef­fec­tive use of medicines, make an on­line ap­pli­ca­tion to­day to study IMU’s phar­macy pro­gramme.

If you have just com­pleted your SPM and do not have pre­uni­ver­sity qual­i­fi­ca­tions, con­sider en­rolling in the one- year IMU Foun­da­tion in Sci­ence, the pre­ferred foun­da­tion and di­rect route for en­try into any of the uni­ver­sity’s lo­cal de­gree pro­grammes.

For more in­for­ma­tion, re­fer to www. imu. edu. my, e- mail to start@ imu. edu. my or call IMU at 03– 2731 7272.

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